FILM TITLE: WOODLAWN
GENRE:
CONSUMER ADVICE: 10-12PG P
DISTRIBUTOR: STER KINEKOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT
DIRECTOR: ANDREW ERWIN,JOY ERWIN
MAIN CAST: CALEB CASTILLE,SEAN ASTIN
LANGUAGE: NONE
NUDITY: NONE
PREJUDICE: frequent and low
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: NONE
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: The film is set in the 70s Birmingham, Alabama, and revolves around a segregated Woodlawn High School football team which finds itself fighting segregation and racism on and off the field. The film contains complex and mature religious and racial themes set within a historical context in a racially divided American south where one man despite the obstacles he faces because of the colour of his skin finds that by living his faith as a Christian with love and forgiveness as its centre piece, eventually conquers all forms of bigotry and racial prejudice. Themes are handled in a sensitive manner and in line with the development of the plot. Theme of racism, laced with menace and threat, is sustained throughout the whole film and may be disturbing and upsetting to younger viewers as we witness hatred and injustice directed at black people because of the colour of their skin. However, themes are justified within a historical context and are counter-balanced and outweighed by positive ones; themes contain an educational value that is relevant and will have a positive impact on a country like ours that deals with racism on a daily bases. With the presence of a parent or caregiver, viewers aged 10 to 12 will recognise the context and find the themes both educational and inspirational as opposed to being harmful or disturbing.